On a quiet residential corner of the Marina, just a couple blocks from the buzz of Chestnut Street, blooms a Mediterranean-style home lush with gardens and outdoor spaces for kicking back and entertaining.
A charmer however you look at it, the gray stucco home has echoes of Spain with its terra-cotta roof, arched windows and doors, balconies, planter boxes, and even a tower with a lovely outlook.
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Inside, the rooms are lavishly detailed with intricate moldings, luxe wallpapers and finishes, and beautiful lighting throughout.
An elaborate coved window and high French doors provide drama in the living room, which also has a fireplace and arched passage into the dining room. It's this second room, though, that steals the attention where the dining table is framed by arches, extensively carved crown moldings, wallpaper with cheeky operatic vibes, and a stunning green glass chandelier.
The spacious eat-in kitchen is as practical as it is pretty with soapstone countertops, a wine refrigerator, and a large island for prep space and counter seating. Complete with a breakfast area, the room has easy access to the sunny atrium at the home's center.
The house has three bedrooms including a well-lit primary suite with four windows and a private balcony. An enormous walk-in closet—with abundant built-in storage, a central island dresser, and a glittering chandelier—promises to make fashion lovers happy. The en-suite bathroom is equally glam with a marble dual sink vanity, radiant heated floors, and a rainfall shower.
On the lower level, a cozy family room is ready for movie nights with a dropdown projection screen, surround sound, and a wet bar. Two en-suite bedrooms, an office, and a garage for two cars round out this floor.
No true Mediterranean home is complete without spaces to dine and imbibe alfresco. Here you'll find a verdant garden oasis with a fountain and climbing vines—a perfect spot to enjoy an aperitif and bites hot from the barbecue. Afterwards, head to the roof deck, accessed from the kitchen via a spiral staircase, to sip some vino with views of the Golden Gate and Palace of Fine Arts.
Asking price: $6,195,000
// 196 Avila St. (Marina); for more information, visit 196avila.com.